To have a Manufacturers forums here I beleive you must have atleast two moderators of your own and Benchmade doesnt seem to want to put in that effort. To me I dont think they really need a forum to sell better...their product speaks for itself as I have never had a bad product nor no anyone personally who has had a problem with their product. Also look at all the praise they get without the forum here...I feel they think they dont need one and I feel thats true.
Funny, I used to think that Benchmade was referring to the forums users as groupees, too. Eventually figured out Groupee was a software, when I saw other non-knife related forums elsewhere using the word 'groupee' in the URL path.